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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Iowa

Anthony Dutcher

by Anthony Dutcher

March 13, 2019 03:41 pm ET Estimated Read Time: 8 Minutes

Still curious about how to find a medical marijuana doctor in Iowa and get approved for legal cannabis treatment in Iowa? Well this article certainly has the answers you have been looking for.

If you live in Iowa, and you are reading this article, chances are that you already use cannabis. Or maybe at least some form of the medicine. And if you don’t have a medical card already then that suggests you use it illegally.

Don’t worry, we’re not here to point fingers or make you feel worried, quite the opposite. We want to help you get safe, legal, access to medical cannabis in Iowa. The great news is now there is a way you can start buying cannabis legally in Iowa and have a lot more convenient access to it.

How do I get medical marijuana in Iowa?

In essence, it is actually a relatively easy process. Historically it used to be tough, and you had to have a terminal illness or jump through several hoops – and go to the doctor multiple times to get certified. But recently, Iowa enhanced their marijuana program and have removed many of the barriers to getting a medical license and now it is much easier, and safer.

The first step is to book an appointment with a Veriheal Doctor to get evaluated and approved for medical marijuana. The cost to be consulted, evaluated and approved by the doctor is $200. Separate from that, after you are approved you apply to the state (the fee is $100 for a card that is valid for ONE year). Once submitted to the state of Iowa will review your information to confirm you live in Iowa, then approve you and your card will arrive in the mail in 2-4weeks.

If you receive government assistance or are experiencing financial hardship, then the state fee is reduced to $25. Otherwise, it is $100. So, in total it will cost you $300: $200 for the doctor and $100 to the state (or $225 for financial hardship).

Once your card is received, you can start shopping at the dispensaries near you. Sound simple enough? Let’s break down some more details.

When did the medical marijuana program in Iowa start?

The initial legislation passed in 2017 for medical cannabis to be allowed in Iowa under House File 524. This is the Act that establishes the regulations and rules on “Medical Cannabidiol” in the state and how it is dispersed.

After reading the bill, you can even notice that the state of Iowa doesn’t even include the word “marijuana” in its legal applications at all. That shows how opposed they were at first to accept the plant as medicine. But over time, the program has become more accessible for all patients.

“Medical Cannabidiol” (cannabidiol, aka CBD) is a non-intoxicating substance in cannabis that provides medical benefits without getting users high.

It has taken the state a little over a year to start selling cannabis and helping patients get the medicine they need. The first dispensaries opened in December 2018. Since then five other dispensaries have opened:

  • Council Bluffs // Have A Heart Compassionate Care | 3615 9th Ave
  • Davenport // Have A Heart Compassionate Care | 2222 E. 53rd St
  • Sioux City // MedPharm Iowa | 5700 Sunnybrook Dr.
  • Waterloo // Iowa Cannabis Company | 1955 La Porte Rd.
  • Windsor Heights // MedPharm Iowa | 7229 Apple Valley Dr.

Finding a medical marijuana doctor in Iowa

Veriheal connects you with an MMJ doctor in Iowa to evaluate and approve you for medical marijuana. These doctors are understanding so do not be afraid to let them know you have tried other medication avenues.

Veriheal’s doctors are located all throughout the state and they have helped patients already since the beginning of the program to get their medical cards.

Why You Should Get Your Medical Marijuana Card

Veriheal has satisfied millions of patients nationwide by giving them access to these benefits

  • Larger purchase limits
  • Peace of mind
  • Enhanced legal protection
  • Access to higher potency strains
  • Save up to 25% on cannabis purchases
  • Skip the line at the dispensary

The state-licensed mmj doctor you choose on the Veriheal platform is available on your time and your schedule. You create your account, choose your appointment time, and go to the consultation. Previous medical records are not required.

What to expect at the appointment

Doctors generally approve any qualifying condition. You must have one of the qualifying conditions for to get approved in Iowa. The qualifying conditions include:

  • Cancer with severe or chronic pain
  • Cancer with nausea or severe vomiting
  • Cancer with cachexia or severe wasting
  • Multiple sclerosis with severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy AIDS or HIV
  • Crohn’s disease Ulcerative colitis Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Any terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year and severe or chronic pain Any terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year and nausea or severe vomiting
  • Any terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year and cachexia or severe wasting
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Untreatable Pain and Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is described as any severe, debilitating pain that the practitioner determines worsens health and functional capability, pain that has intolerable side-effects, that has or is expected to last three months or longer, and other types of therapy that have either failed to treat or are too harmful to apply.

Chronic pain also includes wasting syndrome (cachexia), seizures and severe muscle spasms, and severe nausea.

At the consultation, you simply let them know what condition you are suffering from, and the will discuss possible treatments to treat with medical cannabis. At the appointment, the doctor will determine if you are approved.

One of the best things about using Veriheal is that, if you are not approved, then your consultation and evaluation are free! The doctors want to help you to try medical cannabis for your treatment is it makes sense for your health.

How medical marijuana can help you

The first thing that people should do is discover how medical marijuana can help them. Veriheal has a full page on resources and medical conditions that medical marijuana can help treat.

Certain conditions or diseases are not treated completely by cannabis, but it can certainly help. Patients who end up trying medical marijuana in Iowa have an opportunity to be some of the pioneers to help move forward to Iowa MMJ Program.

Those people who have digestive issues like IBS or Crohn’s can be helped immensely by the impact of the anti-inflammatory attributes of MMJ. Plenty of chronic seizure disorders can be relieved by CBD oil with some patients increasing their quality of life immensely.

Are there any other steps?

Once you have your physician certification in Hand, on the Iowa Department of Health’s, you need to register with the state of Iowa by providing your name, address, date of birth, and uploading an image of a valid state government ID. After this is submitted and you pay your state fee, then you can be approved and receive your Iowa MMJ Card in the mail.

What can I buy at dispensaries in Iowa?

Once you have a medical marijuana card in Iowa, you can buy:

  • Cannabis Suppositories
  • Cannabis Tinctures
  • Cannabis Liquids
  • Cannabis Inhalers
  • Cannabis Capsules

Frequently Asked Questions


When will the Iowa MMJ program start? The first two dispensaries opened on December 1, 2018, and now there are five dispensaries available for you to get medicine from.
Can I get approved? Yes, please check the list of qualifying conditions here
What types of marijuana will be available? Cannabis that has a THC content of 3% or less in the forms of cannabis oils, cannabis capsules, cannabis topical creams, cannabis nebulizers, and cannabis suppositories.
How many dispensaries are there in Iowa? 5 Dispensaries
Will there be a dispensary in my city? The current active dispensaries are in Council Bluffs, Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo, and Windsor Heights
Can I grow my own marijuana? No
What is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is the name of one type of cannabinoid found in the Cannabis plant family that has potential therapeutic uses. CBD is not intoxicating.
What is THC? Tetrahydrocannibinol (THC) is another type of cannabinoid found in the Cannabis plant family that also has potential therapeutic uses. THC is the cannabinoid with intoxicating effects and is known for the mind-altering “high” it can produce.
Where can I get CBD? At the dispensaries in Iowa.
What is the State Fee for an ID Card? $100 for patient registration cards unless you provide proof that you qualify for the reduced fee of $25
How do I get started to apply to get a card? Go here and sign up today

Can you summarize the steps for me on more time?

  1. Book an appointment on to receive your physician certification and approval.
  2. Visit your Veriheal doctor and receive approval and your certification form that goes with your application.
  3. Fill out your own patient registration
  4. Once approved (you will be notified via email) you will receive your MMJ Card in the mail.

Post Your Comments

Leesa says:

September 25, 2020 at 5:27 pm

How are you only able to buy products with CBD in Iowa are you unable to buy THC light THC Vape‘s with 80% THC? I am really not interested in buying CBD at all. I was told that in Iowa now you can purchase actual THC is That not true?

Lauren says:

September 28, 2020 at 9:20 am

Hi Leesa, the laws in Iowa have been updated since the publication of this article.

Terri Stewart says:

May 16, 2021 at 8:03 pm

availability of thc is available depending on your need and if your dr. Signs a can get several forms vapes tablets tinctures etc just no flower. You can get all info by calling the dispensary.

Tammy says:

June 9, 2022 at 6:23 pm

I had a radical vulvectomy surgery done because of reoccurance of vulvare cancer. I’m in constant pain from this surgery. But I have a felony for drugs from 1994. Can I get a medical card?


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